Since summertime is short, we squeeze in as many social events as possible. As you wind down your event, how better to conclude a meal than by serving the luxurious Cherries Jubilee to your guests?Cherries Jubilee, originally served at Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee, is a beautifully rich and creamy dessert bringing together the tangy flavor of ripe cherries with smooth vanilla ice cream, presented with an optional rum or brandy flambé effect.
PS: Don’t be afraid of the flambé; it is really quite simple when following the instructions carefully.
CHERRIES JUBILEE RECIPE
Prep Time: 6 1/2 hours
Yield: 4 Servings
For the Ice Cream
- 2 ¼ cups whipped cream
- 14 oz. can of sweetened condensed milk
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- Prepare the loaf pan by gently wetting the edges and sides and place a piece of cling film inside the loaf pan with the edges out on the sides.
- Pour the whipped cream into a large cold mixing bowl* and begin whipping the cream at a high speed.
- Gently pour the tin of sweetened condensed milk into the bowl as you continue
whipping the cream.
- Pour the mixture into the prepared loaf pan and freeze for a minimum of 6 hours.
For the Cherries
- ½ cup granulated white sugar
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- ¼ cold water
- ¼ cup orange juice
- 1 pound of fresh or frozen pitted cherries
- ½ teaspoon of orange zest
- ¼ cup of rum or brandy (optional)
- Combine the sugar and cornstarch in a saucepan and stir.
- Add the water and orange juice to the sauce pan and bring to a boil over medium heat as the mixture thickens.
- Add the cherries and orange zest. Allow it to boil again and reduce the heat.
- Simmer the cherries for 10 minutes.
- Remove the cherries from the heat.
Once you are ready to flambé and serve...
- Place 2-3 scoops of ice cream previously made in each serving dish.
- Pour the brandy or rum over the cherries and ignite with a long lighter.
- Swirl the pan gently until a small blue flame appears and then subsides.
- Once the flame is out, spoon the cherries over the ice cream and enjoy!
There you have it – an elegant, yet simple finale for any occasion. Desserts don’t need to be complicated or stressful, especially in the summer when you want to enjoy the warm weather as long as possible. This recipe brings the sweet and tangy flavours of cherries and cream to your tabletop.
*Tip: Place the bowl you wish to use in the freezer for 10 minutes before starting. Having a very cold bowl helps the cream hold more volume, while guaranteeing a better result.
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